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The colourful adult plumage of this bird is acquired at about 2-3 years of age, or the second complete moult.
Status in the Wild
Range: A.e. erythropterus:
NE Australia from inland N New South Wales and NE South Australia north through Queensland to Cape York Peninsula and Gulf of Carpentaria.
N Australia, along with larger offshore islands, from Kimberley division of W Australia east to NW Queensland; also S New Guinea, from mouth of Digul River, SE Irian Jaya to mouth of Fly River, SE Papua New Guinea.
Found up to 600m (1968 ft) in subtropical and semi-arid eucalypt and casuarina woodland, forest edge, riverine woodland, acacia scrub, mangrove, farmland, cypress pine, Callitris sp. scrub and lowland savanna.
No threats at present time; population is considered to be stable.
Feeds on seeds, fruit, flowers, and insects; in mangroves mistletoe is preferred.
Is nomadic at edges of range, but considered to be resident elsewhere. Is usually seen in small groups of up to 15 individuals; the largest groups seen at the end of the breeding season when families gather at feeding areas. Conspicuous and common.
Clutch and Egg Size:
3-6 rounded eggs, 31.0 x 26.0mm (1.2 x 1 in).
April or May in the north; further south August-February.
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